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Title Le Havre L'avant Port
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Boudin, Eugène Louis (French painter, 1824-1898)
Date Earliest possibly 1860
Date Latest 1898
Signed yes

This scene of Le Havre in Normandy is typical of the work of Eugène Boudin. The son of a mariner, Boudin served as a cabin boy on his father's boat before deciding to become a painter in his mid-twenties. Boudin spent much of his life living by the Normandy coast where, inspired by Dutch painting, he specialised in painting the sea and aspects of the coastline in a loose style which prefigured Impressionism.

This seascape once belonged to Noël Coward who gave it to his friend, a well-known stage designer, Gladys Calthrop.

Current Accession Number L.F121.1981.0.0
Former Accession Number 121 A 1981
Inscription front ll 'Boudin'; front lr 'BinieP[?]'
Subject animal (horse); marine; everyday life
Measurements 49.0 x 74 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Gladys E. M. Calthrop through the National Art-Collections Fund 1981.
Provenance Given by Sir Noël Coward to Gladys Calthrop by 1973-1980.
Principal Exhibitions French Impressionism: Treasures from the Midlands, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1991, cat. no. 4.

Gladys Calthrop (d. 1980) was a well-known early twentieth-century stage designer and a close friend of Noël Coward. She served as designer on many of Coward's stage productions, illustrated his writings and made a bust of him. Birmingham University Archive holds correspondence between Coward and Calthrop.

This painting is not included in G. Jean Aubry's 1968 monograph on Boudin.

The National Art Collections Fund took the decision to allocate this painting to a gallery where Boudin was not already represented.

Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith




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